Labor Trends Drive Changes in Automation and Training
Keywords: Aging Workforce, Automation, Automation Services, Labor, Workforce, Training, Institutional Knowledge.
The first Insight in this three-part series discussed the industry trend that began in the 1990s to reduce costs by paring down automation staffs. The second Insight focused on the increasing complexity of automation and its impact on the labor force. The fact remains that automation, which continues to hold a critical role in overall business success, still relies on people for successful implementation and upkeep. The problem is that people with appropriate experience are becoming an increasingly rare commodity. As we'll discuss in this third Insight in the series, owner-operators will always need the expertise to be able to bridge between organizational intelligence and automation.
Automation: It's a Must
Automation is deeply woven into the fabric of manufacturing and business. With its meager beginnings in the industrial revolution, automation continues to expand its critical role. This is true not only in manufacturing, utilities, and across many infrastructure-related sectors; but also in accounting, warehousing, and logistics to name a few. While a few Luddites may harp nostalgically about the "good old days" when manufacturing processes were controlled by cams, relays, and sheer manual labor; the reality is that networked, computer-based automation is here to stay.
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